The Terrority of Florida v. Caesar, a Slave

The Terrority of Florida v. Caesar, a Slave

Lower Court

  • Franklin County


  • 1840


  • 482


  • 853


Pleas before the Honorable Richard C. Allen Judge of the Apalachicola district, Territory of Florida, began and held in the City of Apalachicola on the Eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.

Be it remembered that at this same term, to wit, on Monday the second day of December, the following qualified jurors were summoned, empanelled and sworn as a Grand Jury in and for the county of Franklin, in the Apalachicola District, viz: David G. Raney, Foreman; Thomas W. Brockenbrough, William J. Gan, P.W. Cullen, J.R. Dorsey, Howe Davidson, Elisha Davis, C.H. Dunham, Thomas J. Ferguson, C. Gilbert, James Gibson, Colin Garden, C.G. Holmes, Anson Hancock, D.C. Kolb, William C. Lawrence, William M. Kean, R.G. Porter, William G. Lawrence, M.L. Taylor, B.F Nourse; who after hearing the charge and advice of the court, returned to consult of their duty, and on Monday the seventh day of the same term returned into Court and presented an Indictment in the words following, to wit: ( Endorsed) Territory vs. Sam Jones Alias Hunter and Caesar, murder. A true Bill David J. Raney Foreman. District of Apalachicola, Franklin Superior Court, December Term A.D 1839.

Franklin County: The jurors of the Territory of Florida impanelled and sworn to enquire in and for the body of the County of Franklin upon their oath present, that Sam Jones otherwise called Hunter late of said County a negro man slave, not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil on the twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and thirty nine with force and arms in the County aforesaid in and upon one Robert Herron in the peace of God and the Territory of Florida their